5 potential cap casualties the Panthers should target post-camp

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Chris Hubbard – OT

  • 2021 team – Cleveland Browns

Chris Hubbard now finds himself in a backup role for the Cleveland Browns, who have one of the best tackle tandems in football with Jedrick Wills Jr. and Jack Conklin protecting the edge. This leaves the veteran firmly on the chopping block when final cuts are made before the 2021 season.

Releasing Hubbard ahead of time would save the Browns $3.66 million, which only increases the likelihood of an early departure unless he leaves no doubt during training camp.

The former UAB star played just 290 snaps in 2020, earning a more than creditable 71.9 grade from Pro Football Focus. Hubbard can operate as a right tackle or on the interior, so if the Carolina Panthers did end up going in this direction, it would almost certainly indicate a switch to the blindside for Taylor Moton.

Carolina has the money to make something like this happen. Although there would be a few suitors for someone with Hubbard’s qualities if he did end up being cut by the Browns after camp.

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Carolina will find out plenty about their current options on the offensive line when preseason games begin. But it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that some additional help could be sought if this team wants to surprise some lowly expectations once again in 2021.